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Published: Monday, April 14, 2014 4:22 p.m. CDT • Updated: Monday, April 14, 2014 4:27 p.m. CDT
(Photo courtesy Kip Cheek/Mendota Reporter)
The last leg of the 4x100 finds Hall’s Lexi Scarpaci (left) handing off to Brittany Foster, Amboy/LaMoille’s Erika Zimmerlein (center) handing off to Katelyn Pankenhurst and BV’s Marissa Mungia (right) passing the baton to Katelyn Johnson. A/L won with a time of 53.99. While the Storm placed third in the event, they captured the team title for the day.
The Bureau Valley girls won Saturday’s Don Gooden Invite. Team members are (front row, left) Roni Riggen, Kelly Sierens, Katelin Johnson, Marissa Mungia, Lexie Kruse, Tiana Kennedy, Liani Kruse; and (back row) Helena Osk Arnadottir, Haley DeVoss, Riley Francis, Lauren Peterson, Heather Williams, Regan Weidner, Lindsey Hoffert, Sam Roberts, Corrine Wagenknecht, Abbey Howes and Taylin Ritter.
(Photo courtesy Kip Cheek/Mendota Reporter)
Princeton’s Zoe Mead won three events at the Don Gooden Classic, including this finish in the 800 meters with a time of 2:28.33. The 200-400-800 trifecta by the PHS senior may be the first in school history in a meet this size, accordng to coach Pat Hodge.

MENDOTA — Lindsey Hoffert won one event with two other top three performances in Saturday’s Don Gooden Invitational at Mendota. But she had a lot of company as the Storm captured first-place honors.

Hoffert won the long jump (16-2 1/2), was second in the high jump (5-2) and third in the 400 (1:03.99). Sydney Lebahn won the discus (114-11), while Bureau Valley also won the 800 (1:53.2) and 1,600 (4:30.87) relays.

The Storm amassed 94 points, 10 more than runner-up Byron. Amboy was third with 75. Hall (69 1/2) was fourth and Princeton (66) was fifth.

“We really showed depth. The relays ran strong, and Sydney really threw well in the discus. Throw in a good day by Lindsey in the jumps, and we walked away feeling that we had our best meet of the year up to now,” BV coach Dale Donner said.

“We are looking forward to this week and the first BV Girls Invitational on Tuesday and the Rollie Morris (at Hall) on Saturday. We will keep working and hopefully good things will happen.”

Like Hoffert, Princeton’s Zoe Mead made a lot of good things happen Saturday. The senior standout won the 800 (2:22.33), the 400 with a PHS meet best 1:00.79 and the 200 with a season best 28.14.

PHS coach Pat Hodge believes that may be the first time a PHS girl has pulled off such a trifecta in an invitational of this size.

“If the wind hadn’t been blowing so strong from the south, her times would have been even more impressive,” he said.

Colbi Schertz set a PHS junior record in the shot put with a winning toss of 37-9 1/2. She also placed sixth in the discus (90-1).

Also for PHS, Sierra Storm was second in the pole vault (8-0), Taylor Weatherington third in the long jump (14-10 1/2) and Taylor Clark fourth in the discus (104-2).

Tiana Kennedy and Katelin Johnson played a part in both of Bureau Valley’s winning efforts in the relays. They ran with Marissa Mungia and Hailey DeVoss, in the 4x2 (1:53.2) and Helena Osk Arnadottir and Heather Williams on the 4x8 (4:30.87).

Hall freshman Madi Quin won the 100 hurdles (18.10) and pole vault (8-6) while teammate Tanja Acamovic claimed the 300 hurdles (52.71). Also for the Lady Devils, Brittany Foster was third in the 100 (14.18), Brooke Keegan third in the triple jump (32-11) and Clarissa Gerrard was fifth in the discus (92-0).

Amboy won the 4x100 relay (53.99) with Danielle Corcoran, Shiela Browning, Erika Zimmerlein and Katelynn Pankhurst.

The Clippers’ top individuals were Pankhurst, second in the 100 (14.16), and Kaitlin Boers, second in the long jump (14-11). Placing third for Amboy were Zimmerlein in the 200 (28.57), Megan Grady in the 800 (2:37.24) and Jennifer Popovich in the 3,200 (13:39.09).

St. Bede’s Zoe Postula placed third in the 300 hurdles (52.71).

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